That left key positions aboard the Fitz unfilled — despite frequent asks from its leaders to Navy higher-ups, ProPublica reported.
“The senior enlisted quartermaster position — charged with training inexperienced sailors to steer the ship — had gone unfilled for more than two years,” the report states. “The technician in charge of the ship’s radar was on medical leave, with no replacement.”
That, they added, “made it difficult to post watches on both the starboard and port sides of the ship, a once-common Navy practice.”
Read Part 1 of ProPublica’s series here.
Part 2, “Years of warnings, then death and disaster: How the Navy failed its sailors,” can be found here.